Every book I read by Susan Sleeman just gets better and Web of Deceit quickly drew me in, becoming one of my favorites. With plenty of suspense and action mixed with a little romance and relatable characters, this story was everything I look for in a good book. Also, I appreciated that the author wrote about some gruesome scenes without getting too graphic and kept it clean and free of profanity and sex.
Plot: FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight learns her brother-in-law, Fenton Rhodes, is the notorious cyber criminal Vyper. When she tries to arrest him, he ends up killing his wife Abby, Kait’s identical twin. Fenton manages to escape and Kait is left to take care of their infant daughter. Kait vows to track him down, but for the next three years, Fenton lays low. Then Kait’s FBI team gets a lead, which takes them to a body. Is it connected to Fenton? She teams up with Detective Sam Murdock to investigate. Sam first met Kait three years ago at the scene of her sister’s murder and is drawn to her. As they get closer to tracking down Fenton, the danger to Kait escalates and Sam must keep her and her niece safe, whether Kait thinks she needs his help or not.
Characters: Kait is very focused on her job, and feels inadequate as a mother to her niece. She’s the tough agent, but yet is very vulnerable as she’s so emotionally attached to this case. Sam was my favorite character. He’s out of his element investigating this case as he’s not very technologically savvy, but I liked that he wasn’t afraid to admit it and ask questions when he didn’t understand. Both Kait and Sam have faced big losses in their lives, leaving them both a little wary of a relationship, yet they find themselves fighting the attraction to each other. We’re also introduced to Nina and Becca, Kait’s fellow FBI agents in this story, setting the scene for the following books.
This story is told through multiple points of view, giving the reader a more complete picture of what’s happening. While Fenton is the bad guy and completely evil, I’m glad we got to see things from his perspective too. The reader knows before Kait even realizes it, just how close he is to her and how much danger she’s in.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and clean reads. Even knowing who the bad guy was at the beginning of the story, it still kept me on the edge of my seat, guessing what would happen next and how they would manage to track him down. Exciting start to the series and I can’t wait to see more of these characters in the next book.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Expected Publication: March 5, 2015 by Bell Bridge Books
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
For more about the author: http://www.susansleeman.com/books/web-of-deceit/